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PSP Asylum
Artistic Dreams Imaging
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

CT TUTORIAL ~ Natural Autumn Beauty

NOTE: you MAY link to this tut. you MAY print it out for later use offline. you MAY NOT claim it as yours or take anything else from it. this tutorial is ©Ruby/Stormlight, written November 4, 2017.

Supplies needed:
-- PSP
-- main tube of choice.   I am using "Autumn Babe 9", part of the Autumn Babes pack by Julia Fox.  This pack comes with nine awesome tubes of different styles.  You can purchase the pack here.

-- scrap kit of choice.   I am using a gorgeous kit called "Fall Dress" by Bibi, which you can get here.
-- template of choice.  I'm using a template by Melissa.
-- mask of choice.  I am using a mask by ATM.
-- Jazzy's basic drop shadow setting of 2, 2, 50, 3 and color white.
-- the plugins Bevel Boss and Gradient Glow.
-- font of choice.  I am using Knight Brush.

1.  Open your template, duplicate and close the original.  Save copy as your new canvas.  Delete any creator/copyright layer.

2.  Open four papers of choice and paste into canvas.  Send one to the bottom to be your mask layer and hide for now.  Select your first paper and dark circle, and the second above the light circle and the third above the small top circle.  On each, select all > float > defloat > invert and hit delete key.

3.  Select the rectangle shape.  Adjust > Color Balance > Manual Color Correction and change to a color from your tube or kit.  In effects menu, go to Art Effects > Charcoal and apply a setting you are happy with - every color will look different.  [ I used detail - 30 and opacity - 10]

4.  Repeat the manual color correction on the rectangle frame with the same color.  In adjust menu, add/remove noise > add noise - 75%, random, monochrome CHECKED.

5.  Repeat manual color correction on the framed squares and their frames, except use different colors.  On the frames, repeat the noise from step 4.  On the inside squares,  go to effects menu, Texture effects > Texture and apply these settings:

6.  Unhide the bottom paper and apply your mask.  Merge group.

7.  Paste in your tube.  Resize if needed and apply drop shadow.  Position where preferred.

8.  Now let's add some elements.   Numbers/names apply to the scrap kit I'm using so if you're using a different one, use the elements of your choice.  All elements are resized with the smart size setting.  Any directions for placement of elements are optional - you can follow my placements or or place where preferred.  Remember to apply basic drop shadow after each element is placed 
unless otherwise marked:

12 (tree) - place inside the square frames.  Duplicate preferred number of times and arrange them in a rough row.  Merge these layers together and drop shadow.  Use magic wand on frames layer.  Selections > expand by 4.  Return to element layer and hit delete to remove excess outside of frames.
39 - berry branch - 35%.
24 (flower) - 30%
37 (mushroom) - 20%
60 (flower) - 20%.
62 (pinecones) - 15%.
3 (bird) - 18%.
1 (leaf) - 20%.
13, 51 (leaf scatters) - 50-55%.  NO drop shadow.

9.  Create a new raster layer for your name.  Type your name and position to your liking.  In plugins menu, Eye Candy > Bevel Boss and apply the preset Manual page 24 example 2.  Change the shadow color to the default color of your text.

10.  Go to Eye Candy > Gradient Glow and apply these settings:

11.  Create a new layer for your copyright/watermark and add it on.